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06/05/2010

Estratotype Golden Spikes Ceremony in Zumaia


The plates and golden spikes defining the Danian/Selandian and Selandian/Thanetian boundaries were fixed at Zumaia. Many scientists, the Mayor of Zumaia and a Basque Deputy participated in the ceremony. In the photograph Eustoquio Molina, as chairman of the ISPS, unveils the plate defining the Danian/Selandian boundary.

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16/05/2004

The age of the Chicxulub impact under debate


Report in Science & Vie on our results of the study of Yaxcopoil-1 drill hole which support a K/T age for the impact, and on the debate stirred up by the interpretations of the Gerta Keller, which suggest that the impact was 300,000 years before.

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28/05/2005

Micropaleontologists of the University of Zaragoza show that the Mass Extinction of the K/T Boundary was sudden


News appeared in the Spanish version of National Geographic in 2005

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03/10/2008

Documentary on extinction at Zumaia: Flysch, el susurro de las rocas


http://www.rtve.es/mediateca/videos/20100308/flysch-susurro-rocas/713492.shtml

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06/05/2010

Lecture on dinosaur's extinction


As closure of the Academic Year 2009-2010 at the Universidad de la Experiencia in Calatayud, José Antonio Arz gave a lecture entitled: "The tragic demise of the dinosaurs"

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29/05/2005

The evidence of the meteorite impact


The team of Micropaleontology of the University of Saragossa confirms that a meteorite impact was the cause that trigered the extinction at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary


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31/01/2006

Patterns and causes of evolution and extinction


The group of Micropaleontology, dinosaurs and mammals that research on evolution and extinction is reported in Tercer Milenio of Heraldo de Aragón


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29/09/2009

The Ypresian/Lutetian Boundary defined


The Ypresian/Lutetian boundary has been defined at meter 167.85 of the Gorrondatxe section, near Bilbao (Spain), in a dark marly level where  the nannofossil Blackites inflatus first occurs, 48 Ma ago.

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16/07/2010

The sea level rise will cause serious problems and even wars


Eustoquio Molina lectured in San Sebastian indicating that the world is overpopulated, people ignores the consequences of climate warming, the sea level rise will cause serious problems and even wars. Many politicians and religious leaders do nothing to stop global warming and because of that are irresponsibles.

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14/06/1999

Lecture on the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary extinction event


In the Miramon Kutxaespacio de la Ciencia (San Sebastian) Eustoquio Molina lectured on "El impacto que acabó con los dinosaurios: evidencias en Zumaia y San Sebastián"


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23/11/2010

Lessons with a natural history book


The joint field trip of Extinction and evolution events and Applied Micropaleontology students to visit several extinction events in Zumaya and the Montxo shipwreck was reported in Diario Vasco.

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21/06/2007

Zumaya, the open book of the history of Earth for Paleocene Stages


The International Working Group on Paleocene met in Zumaia and decided unanimously to define the boundary stratotypes for the Selandian and Thanetian.


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02/06/2005

A meteorite impact was the cause of the dinosaurs extinction


The extinction coincides with the meteorite impact evidence according to Eustoquio Molina, Ignacio Arenillas and José Antonio Arz.


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30/05/2013

Lecture on the European Geoparks Week 2013


José Antonio Arz gave a lecture in Zumaia entitled: From Zumaia to Mexico: key from extinction of the dinosaurs.

You can listen to the interview on Radio Euskadi in the Webpage:

http://www.eitb.com/es/audios/detalle/1355856/de-zumaia-mexixo-huella-extincion-dinosaurios/


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06/06/2009

Lecture on the Chicxulub impact


In the I Jornadas de Paleontología Comarca de Tierras Altas (Soria), José Antonio Arz lectured on "Chicxulub: the death fell from the sky"

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20/09/2005

Cuban microfossils offer support for meteor role in dinosaurs extinction


The paper of the team of Micropaleontology, Alegret et al. (2005) published in Geology, was reported in the New York Times.


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04/10/2007

Eustoquio Molina, 2007 Research Award of the Royal Academy of Sciences


Interview in El Periódico with the ocassion of the scientific award.


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17/01/2012

New causes of the extinction that occurred in the oceans after an asteroid impact 65 million years ago


The study, published by Laia Alegret, Ellen Thomas and Kyger C. Lohmann, shows that the photosynthesis and the food chain in the oceans recovered much earlier than previously suggested. A rapid episode of surface ocean acidification after the impact may have been the main cause of extinction of numerous species, while taxa that lived at the deep sea floor survived.



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27/06/2014

Evidence for global cooling in the Late Cretaceous


Temperatures dropped 7 ºC in the last 17 million years of the Cretaceous. Nature Communications published a study based on Tex86 index,  in which we have contributed in the developing an age model from planktonic foraminifera.

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07/03/2010

Confirmed: the Chicxulub impact caused the K/T extinction


Members of the IUCA and the Team of Micropaleontology of the Universidad de Zaragoza, along with 38 other specialists, publish in the prestigious Journal Science a review corroborating the theory that the impact of a large meteorite in the Yucatan peninsula caused the mass extinction event of the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. The alternative hypothesis supporting a more gradual extinction due to multiple causes (mainly to the unusual volcanic activity of the Deccan, India) is weakened.

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Portada del libro 'Micropaleontología'The members of the Team of Micropaleontology of the University of Saragossa constitute the majority of the members of the Consolidated Group of Research EO5: " Extinction and paleoenviroment reconstruction from Cretaceous to Quaternary ", recognized by the Government of Aragon.

Our researches have solved different problems: bio-chronoestratigrafic, paleoecologic, evolutionary and extinction, based on the study of planktic and small benthic foraminifers, mainly from the Upper Cretaceous (Coniacian) to the Lower Neogene (Langhian).

Besides publishing numerous articles in prestigious journals, one of the main publications of the group has been a text book of Micropaleontology, Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, which is the only teaching manual that exists nowadays in Spanish.

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